Robert W. Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS
                                       • Podiatric Medicine and Surgery •
                                         
1000 Galloping Hill Road • Suite 103
                                            Union, New Jersey  07083
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Top Ten Foot Health Tips


Diseases, disorders and disabilities of the foot or ankle affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of Americans. However, the general public and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship between foot health and overall health and well-being.

With this in mind, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) would like to share a few tips to help keep feet healthy.


1. Don't ignore foot pain—it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric     physician.


2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and     temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete's foot. Any growth on  the foot is not considered normal.


3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry  them completely.


4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in     corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.


5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.


6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e.,  running shoes for running).


7. Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.


8. Avoid walking barefooted—your feet will be more prone to injury and     infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals, always use sunblock on     your feet just as on the rest of your body.


9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment
     can often turn a minor problem into a major one.


10. If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.


Dr. Hutchison has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.